Reality television personality Claudia Jordan, who co-starred with Meghan Markle back in the days when the Duchess of Sussex was still an unimpressive D-list actress, disputed the global superstar’s claims that she was “reduced to a bimbo” and “objectified” during her stint on a popular television game show.
In her latest cry for attention, the 41-year-old Markle, who hit the jackpot when she married into the British royal family, played the victim, whining that when she was one of the briefcase girls on NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” that she suffered demeaning treatment including being made to get regular spray tans and wear a padded bra and that she was only valued for her beauty and not her brains.
Markle dished on why she departed the show in the latest episode of her “Archetypes” podcast on Spotify, acknowledging that she was grateful for the opportunity but that it just made her feel icky.
“I would end up leaving with this pit in my stomach, knowing that I was so much more than what was being objectified on the stage,” she said.
On her podcast "Archetypes," Meghan Markle says her job as a model on Deal or No Deal made her feel like she was "all looks and little substance":
"I would end up leaving with this pit in my stomach, knowing that I was so much more than what was being objectified on the stage." pic.twitter.com/f1xmbzhgMi
— The Recount Alt (@therecountalt) October 18, 2022
“There was a very cookie-cutter idea of precisely what we should look like,” she said. “It was solely about beauty, and not necessarily about brains.”
But that isn’t the recollection of Claudia Jordan who worked with Markle on the show and who rejected the idea that the women were treated like bimbos, insisting that they were respected.
The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star spoke out about Markle’s misrepresentations, saying that the women’s personalities played a major part in them being chosen for the show.
“For clarity – yes getting a modeling gig on a game show isn’t necessarily about your intellect, but every show the executive producers picked five models with the most outgoing and fun personalities to place mics on, who they knew would engage with the contestants,” Jordan wrote on Instagram.
“And Deal or No Deal never treated us like bimbos. We got so many opportunities because of that show,” the reality TV star wrote.
(Image: Screengrab/The Daily Mail)
“That’s the kind of opportunity that IS what you make it,” she added. “If you just show up and don’t engage – then you’ll JUST get your check and not get much out of it – but if you show up and seize your moments, there’s no limits to what you can do with the opportunity.”
Adding that she “actually enjoyed” her experience on the show, Jordan wrote,”‘It was a step on the ladder I’ve been ascending on for 25 years that paid all my bills, put me in front of 13 million people a night, and led to me getting on Celebrity Apprentice, Celebrity Apprentice All Stars, a breast cancer awareness campaign, guest hosting Extra, getting into People magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful issue, and so much more.”
“It also led to me co-hosting the 2009 Miss Universe pageant with @BillyBush in front of half a billion people. Not to shabby for a ‘bimbo,”’ Jordan said, offering up plenty of examples of how she was able to use the show for future career opportunities that took much more effort than simply marrying into royalty and celebrity.
She was, however, careful to note that her setting the record straight on “Deal or No Deal” wasn’t an attack on the duchess.
“This isn’t an attack on Meghan because Lord knows I’ve been defending this woman in the media for years,” Jordan explained to her followers. “And I still will, but I just didn’t want any misunderstanding about the climate and environment on the Deal or no Deal set…”
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